22 Jul Cultivate’22 Recap
This week key members of our team attended what we consider to be one of the best horticultural conferences and tradeshows, Cultivate. Billed as the green industry’s “must attend event” this year it featured over 650 exhibitors and nearly 200 education sessions.
Here are our key takeaways from the show:
At 2022 Cultivate, we visited the booths of manufacturers of biological crop protection and crop nutrition products. Curiously, their trial data seemed much stronger than in years past. The trial protocols were more robust, the data was more detailed, and production ROIs were less fuzzy.
I’m hoping that next year we’ll see more of these companies presenting educational seminars at Cultivate 2023. They have a lot to share with the industry.
One of the best things about Cultivate ‘22 was the ability to see people. Actual people! Not the Zoom versions we have all morphed into.
Plants are always the highlight for me, and Monrovia’s booth was packed with color, and texture, and shared great ideas in their seminar (which was standing room only) for their IGC customers. If you haven’t had a chance to see Seaside Serenade® Glacier Bay Hydrangea, you need to take a look at this truly unique 2023 introduction.
Another cool display was actually above CTi Living’s booth. The company produces containers, and their container wave that hung from the ceiling was really eye-catching. Check it out on their Instagram Page.
As it was my first time at Cultivate, I spent most of my time walking the tradeshow floor looking for interesting products and services. Here are 3 companies that are doing unique things.
SusTee – The first moisture sensor with a pF indicator. Meaning it senses how much force is needed by the plant to extract water. It also is beautifully designed with a minimalist form factor so your plants remain the showpiece.
Captain Carp – This company is making one of the highest quality fish fertilizers we have seen. Plus they are using an invasive species, the Asian Carp, to make it in the Midwest.
Blacksmith BioScience – With a complete line of biologicals to improve plant growth, increase fertilizer uptake, and fight insects and fungus. If you haven’t heard about these guys yet, check them out.
If you’d like to learn more about what we saw and see if Cultivate is right for your company, give us a call!